Newel and Lydia

Newel and Lydia When the Lord said, “all things shall work together for good to them that walk uprightly,” he meant it. Lydia Goldthwaite was born June 9, 1812 in Salem, Massachusetts. In time her father moved the family to western New York. She was the third of twelve children in a loving family. When … Read More

Emma and Joseph January 18, 1827

When we speak of faith and courage this story should ever be remembered. January 18, 1827, Emma Hale, 22 years-old, traveled north up the Susquehanna River from her home in Harmony, Pennsylvania to visit her sister who was living near Colesville, New York. While there Emma and Joseph Smith Jr. discussed marriage once again. They … Read More

Emily Hill Mills Woodmansee

Emily Hill Mills Woodmansee Emily was born in England in 1836. She grew up with an unusual interest in God. “I was much concerned about my eternal salvation,” she said, “and felt I would make any sacrifice to obtain it.” She asked questions, but no one could help her. She found answers and comfort in … Read More

July 24, 1847

July 24, 1847 July 24, 1847 About 11:45 AM Brigham Young riding in the carriage of Wilford Woodruff entered the Salt Lake Valley for the first time. Wilford would later describe that he stopped there on the benchland and turned his carriage so that the ailing president could look over the Valley. President Young was … Read More

Thomas and Ann Karren

Thomas and Ann Karren Their’s was a remarkable love story. Ann Ratcliffe was born at Little Crosby, Lancashire, England. Her father, John, owned and operated a successful bakery. In time Ann worked in the bakery with him. Then her father died of Typhoid Fever. Ann ran an ad for someone to help her in the … Read More

Emma Belle and Grandpa

Emma Belle and Grandpa In commemoration of events that took place June 27,, 1844, I offer the following. One day, many years ago, some little girls were playing in front of Emma Belle’s house. They were talking about their grandfathers. Emma Belle had never heard of a grandpa, so she asked where hers was. One … Read More

Martin Harris and the Book of Mormon

Martin Harris and the Book of Mormon He was a man raised up for a singular purpose, called and chosen to assist in the bringing forth of the Book of Mormon. Martin Harris came from a family of English Quakers who emigrated to Palmyra, New York at the end of the 18th century. They settled … Read More

Mighty Prayer

Lucy Mack Smith and Mighty Prayer The next time you find yourself too tired to pray or too busy, please remember this story. It was called the exodus of Kirtland—in early 1838 the enemies of the Church finally became so violent and threatening that many of the saints were forced to flee. It was January … Read More